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JOBS at PCA

Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers. Various opportunities include visitor services, gallery attending, exhibitions/installation, the PCA shop, special events, and administrative help. Day and evening opportunities available. College credit is available upon request.

Qualifications: Must be reliable, mature, and able to handle responsibility with enthusiasm. Opportunities available from weekly to monthly.

To apply for an internship, contact Rachael Cooper:
rcooper@pittsburgharts.org

Internships:

  De-installation / Installation Assistant
  Dialog & Docent-led tours
  Photographic Documentation of Artwork, Openings and Exhibition-related Special Events Interns
  Exhibition Events Interns School & Community Programs Intern(s)
  Education Connection Intern
  Art in the Galleries Intern(s)
  Holiday Help in the Shop
  Poetry Out Loud Interns
  Center Operations Intern
  Arts Advocacy Interns
  Facilities Maintenance Interns

Jobs:

Art Instructor - Animation


JOBS

Title

Animation Instructor

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Filmmakers at the Center program is currently interviewing animation artists to teach animation workshops and camps. Successful candidates should have a strong background in stop-motion and/or digital animation. Previous teaching experience is preferred. Contact Susan Howard, Director Filmmakers at the
Center, showard@pghfilmmakers.org

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Filmmakers at the Center program is currently interviewing animation artists to teach animation camps based on the work of Animators Hayao Miyazaki and Jan Svankmejer. Applicants should have a strong background in stop-motion and/or digital animation techniques. Previous teaching experience is preferred. Contact Susan Howard, Director Filmmakers at the Center, showard@pghfilmmakers.org



INTERNSHIPS

De-installation / Installation Assistant (dependent on exhibition schedule) Interns will be asked to assist in preparation of galleries. This includes a variety of artistic and manual labor involved in installation. We ask that the interns indicate whether they have had prior experience, and make sure they have interest and comfort to assist in the following: painting, spackling, assisting artists in carrying work, checking in work as it is delivered, labeling work in the galleries. Depending on the intern’s range of experience, install staff may request further assistance with construction and hanging. Artist Assistant (dependent on exhibition schedule) Interns will directly assist artists as they arrive to the Center. This includes manual labor and careful handling of work with installations at the Center, as well as receiving, tracking, and packing work for traveling exhibitions.



Dialog & Docent-led tours (in the galleries) Interns may assist patrons as they tour the facility. Interns will be required to learn about the artists. PCA will share the artist websites, documents, images and materials with the interns so that they can become familiar with the artists and the work. Intern may develop and moderate an on-line blog in which the visitors will be able to correspond with the artist on a personal level, gaining further insight to the work. Interns should take initiative to learn about such exhibitions and be in touch with other art venues in Pittsburgh. Interns should be eager to apply their knowledge of the history of art and the contemporary art dialog.



Photographic Documentation of Artwork, Openings and Exhibition-related Special Events Interns will develop thoughtful documentation of our exhibitions and related special events. This would involve photographing the work as it is in the galleries, as well as photographing openings and artist talks. We would like to feature these photos on our website. Interns may access PCA cameras and tripods (on PCA campus grounds). Some photography experience and background is required, but above all, a strong interest and eagerness to learn is most necessary.



Exhibition Events Interns will be asked to document the numerous Artist Talks, which occur to coincide with current exhibitions at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Documentation would ideally take the form of a one-paragraph write-up summarizing each artist talk and each opening. This person would work with the photo-documenter to select and image from the event to be featured with the write-up on our website.



School & Community Programs Intern(s) will document the many Artist Residency Projects taking place in school and community settings each year as well as creating support materials for these projects. This exciting program connects local artists to school and community settings in the region, allowing intern(s) to gain exposure to and knowledge of materials they may otherwise have never experienced working with. Intern will also be requested to participate in special external art activities in which PCA brings an art activity to engage in the community during fairs and festivals. Intern will also use this time to distribute PCA literature to promote classes and exhibitions. (Reliable transportation is best for participation in this internship.)



Education Connection Intern will develop PCA literature suitable for children to learn about the works in the galleries. PCA staff will share artist images and information to be used to develop such documents for engaging this age group.



Art in the Galleries Intern(s) will be challenged to design, prepare, and assist in art activities with children based around the current exhibition. Distribution Interns will work with exhibitions and PR staff and are encouraged to find creative ways to get the word out about PF/PCA exhibitions. Interns may be asked to distribute cards and possibly to design posters and flyers for exhibitions and artist talks. Distribution may include biking around Pittsburgh to deliver flyers or hang posters. There is also a possibility of using the print studio to create original flyers for distribution.



Holiday Help in the Shop A tradition at the Center has been the PCA annual Holiday Shop. Each year, PCA shop expands to fill two galleries on the first floor. Patrons come to purchase unique art pieces to gift to friends and family during this busy season. Interns will be asked to assist in set-up and display as the shop expands into such a large space, Interns are expected to familiarize themselves with individual shop artist’s medium, style, and approach to their creating in an effort to best inform interested patrons.



Poetry Out Loud Interns will assist in connecting schools with this national program, which builds on the momentum of a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the immense popularity of the slam poetry movement and hip-hop music. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with State Arts Agencies of the United States such as Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance in their own English class. This exciting program helps interns master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.



Center Operations Intern will be asked to assist in daily operations such as greeting and directing museum visitors and guests during daily hours as well as special events and programs, and assisting visitors with admissions and general exhibition inquiries. This person will work directly with administrative staff at the Center on special projects such as letter correspondence, file maintenance and facilities management. Intern will also be asked to help develop labels and pricelists.



Arts Advocacy Interns will be asked to get involved in creative ways to support the arts and to encourage others in our community to do the same. A part of this support will take the form of writing to and calling legislators in an effort to express and stress the importance of the arts and of funding for the arts in our culture. This person will work closely with School and Communities department to site information from artist residency projects, emphasizing the impact art has in school and community settings.



Facilities Maintenance Interns will assist in the general maintenance of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts school and gallery building. Tasks include painting, moving equipment and furniture, and general building maintenance work.